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Álvaro de Albornoz Liminiana (June 13, 1879 - Oct. 22 1954) was born in Luarca, Asturias, Spain. He was a Spanish lawyer, reform politician, and writer.

Asturias is a state of fisherman and miners -- that is to say a place rich with notions of organized labor. In his youth Albornoz began an early commitment to social and political justice. He studied at the University of Olviedo and became a lawyer.

He was the minister of the Department of Justice of the Republican government of Spain until the Civil War. He was noted as "a man of dignified bearing -- elegant, intelligent, and calm--physically thin and very polite; discreet and sociable."

Along with other party affiliates, Albornoz was court martialed at Jaca -- and successfully defended by Kent. (Photographs of him often show him seated or standing of the right of the younger lawyer Victoria Kent.

July 27, 1936, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Albornoz was appointed ambassador to Paris, an appointment that was turn into an exile.

Why living in Mexico, he was named President of the Second Republic of Spain in Exile for two consecutive terms 1947 - 49, 1949 - 1951.

Died in Mexico and was buried there.

Today, one can find a historical plaque and street named after him in Luarca.

Wife: Amalia Salas

Two children, Alvaro, Jr., and Concha


   * La Institución, el ahorro y la moralidad de las clases trabajadoras (1900)
   * Individualismo y socialismo (1908)
   * Ideario radical (1913)
   * El temperamento español (1921)
   * La Democracia (1925)
   * La Libertad (1927)
   * El gobierno de los caudillos militares (1930)
   * La política religiosa de la República (1935)
   * Páginas del destierro (1941).


An anecdotal note is necessary to point out that he was the uncle of Severo Ochoa, the 1959 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (with Arthur Kornberg), and a great uncle of the poet and literary critic Aurora de Albornoz.